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November 13, 2011 at 9:43am

Tonight at the Olympia Film Festival: "World on a Wire"

Barbara Valentin in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "World on a Wire." Photo credit: Janus Films

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LET'S GET WEIRD TONIGHT >>>

As a roommate, I have done some horrible things in my day. But the worst thing, without a doubt, was when I was in a hurry to tape a movie on TV - surely you remember videotape - and I taped over2001: A Space Odyssey. This was indefensible, even more so when you consider what I taped: On Golden Pond.

Really.

I have no idea why I did this, because HAL9000 is one of my favorite computers in all of filmland (yeah, I'm old-school), and I just loved the big chill that Stanley Kubrick enveloped me in.

I never watched On Golden Pond. It just sat there gathering dust as testament to my inexplicable idiocy.

Tonight, The Olympia Film Festival screens another film that would be a crime if taped over: the dystopic sci-fi epic World on a Wire.

This flick is German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder's superbly cracked, boundlessly inventive take on future paranoia. With dashes of my beloved Kubrick, but a flavor entirely his own, Fassbinder tells the noir-spiked tale of reluctant action hero, Fred Stiller, a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate and governmental conspiracy.

What's at risk?

Our total (virtual) reality as we know it. This long hidden three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the weird world of tomorrow from one of cinema's kinkiest geniuses.

The film screen tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theater. For more information on the Olympia Film Festival, and today's film schedule, go here.

For a sneak peek at World on a Wire, check the trailer below ...

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